Power Hitting Steals SUU's Thunder

Caschjen Atagi homered twice, placing her in the BYU record books. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Andrea Ramirez and Caschjen Atagi hit two home runs apiece Wednesday as BYU defeated Southern Utah 12-1 in five innings for the Cougars’ home opener at Miller Park.

The duo’s feat is only the fourth time in BYU history in which two players have hit at least two home runs in the same game.

The Cougars, now 24-8, finished with six home runs, using the long ball to score five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth.

“We’re capable of hitting the long ball and we’re capable of winning with the short game, so we’re a complete team,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin.

Ramirez led all batters going 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs. Atagi finished 2-for-2 with three RBI, two runs and a walk.

After JC Clayton drew a walk in the third inning, Ramirez blasted a shot over the center field fence for a 5-1 BYU lead. Jessica Fitu followed with a base hit to short, followed by a stolen base, then came in for the third run of the inning off of Amanda Kellum’s single.

Atagi then sent the first pitch she saw out of the park, scoring Kellum and pushing the Cougars ahead 8-1.

Ramirez also homered with two outs in the first inning while Atagi had her first on a solo shot for the second inning’s lone run.

“It’s nice with a little anxiety playing in front of your home crowd for the first time to play the way we did,” Eakin said.

Fitu also had a three-run shot in the fourth inning, scoring Angie Quiocho and Ramirez for BYU’s final three runs. Fitu went 2-for-2 on the day with three RBI and two runs.

Starting pitcher Paige Affleck improved to a team-best 17-6 with the win. Affleck had five strikeouts, one earned run and one walk in four innings for BYU. Christie Zinanti took over in the final inning, walking one before closing out the win.

BYU will continue its home stand this weekend taking on rival Utah as part of the Deseret First Duel. The teams will face off Friday starting at 6 p.m., followed by a Saturday afternoon contest at 2 p.m.

Live stats will be provided for both games and can be found at www.byucougars.com.

The game on Friday will be broadcast of BYUTV, and the Saturday game will be broadcast via radio stream on the Internet.


Southern Utah Univ. at #25 Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 07, 2010 at Gail Miller Field (Miller Field)

Southern Utah Univ. 1 (24-8)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Jenavieve Purcell dh..... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Norian James cf.......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0

Brittany Henderson c..... 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0

Katie Olinger c......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Aly Daniels ss........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4

Whitnie Griffith lf...... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Nicole Huntsman 1b....... 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0

Darleen Fernandez 3b..... 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Danielle Swopes pr...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ariel Morbeck rf......... 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stephanie De Jesus 2b.... 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2

Kristina Brooks p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Kara Bendt p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 19 1 2 0 2 5 12 1 6

Brigham Young Univ. 12 (8-27)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DELAHOUSSAYE,Kristin 2b/s 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1

HOLT, Amy 2b/ph......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

CLAYTON, J.C. ss/2b...... 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 2 0

PRICE, Amber ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0

RAMIREZ, Andrea 1b....... 3 3 3 5 0 0 7 0 0

PURCELL-FITU, Jess. c.... 2 2 2 3 0 0 6 0 0

VANCE-KELLUM, Amanda dh.. 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1

DUGAS, Jessica pr/rf.... 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

DAVIS-ATAGI,Caschjen rf/p 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 0 0

HUDSON, Alexandra cf/dh.. 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiff. lf.. 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

THOMAS, Whitney ph/rf... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

AFFLECK, Paige p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZINANTI, Christie p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 22 12 10 12 5 4 15 6 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Southern Utah Univ.. 001 00 - 1 2 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 215 4X - 12 10 2

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E - QUIOCHO(7); AFFLECK(1). LOB - Thunderbirds 6; Cougars 5. HR - RAMIREZ

2(12); PURCELL-FITU(5); DAVIS-ATAGI 2(3). HBP - N. James; DELAHOUSSAYE;

PURCELL-FITU. SB - PURCELL-FITU 2(4); MESSERSCHMID(4).

Southern Utah Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Kristina Brooks..... 3.0 8 10 10 2 2 17 21 67

Kara Bendt.......... 1.0 2 2 2 3 2 5 8 40

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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AFFLECK, Paige...... 4.0 2 1 1 1 5 16 18 70

ZINANTI, Christie... 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 19

Win - AFFLECK (18-6). Loss - K. Brooks (). Save - None.

WP - K. Bendt. HBP - by K. Brooks (DELAHOUSSAYE); by K. Brooks (PURCELL-FITU);

by AFFLECK (N. James). PB - B. Henderson. Pitches/strikes: K. Brooks 67/44; K.

Bendt 40/22; AFFLECK 70/43; ZINANTI 19/10.

Umpires - HP: Brett Higgins 1B: Steve Poulsen 3B: George Regopolous

Start: 4:02 pm Time: 1:36 Attendance: 290

Weather: 50 degrees; partly cloudy

K. Brooks faced 2 batters in the 4th.

Game: SUU1

Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

Southern Utah Univ. at #25 Brigham Young Univ. - Play-by-Play

Apr 07, 2010 at Gail Miller Field (Miller SField)

Score by Innings R H E

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Southern Utah Univ.. 001 00 - 1 2 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 215 4X - 12 10 2

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Southern Utah Univ. starters: 24/dh J. Purcell; 14/cf N. James; 18/c B.

Henderson; 22/ss A. Daniels; 29/lf W. Griffith; 13/1b N. Huntsman; 9/3b D.

Fernandez; 11/rf A. Morbeck; 17/2b S. De Jesus; 15/p K. Brooks;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 16/ss CLAYTON; 33/3b QUIOCHO;

31/1b RAMIREZ; 10/c PURCELL-FITU; 6/dh VANCE-KELLUM; 9/rf DAVIS-ATAGI; 5/cf

HUDSON; 20/lf MESSERSCHMID; 12/p AFFLECK;

Southern Utah Univ. 1st - J. Purcell grounded out to ss (1-2 KKB). N.

James struck out swinging (1-2 KFBK). B. Henderson struck out swinging (1-2

KKBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE hit by pitch (0-0). CLAYTON

infield fly to p (2-2 KBBF). QUIOCHO struck out looking (1-2 KKBK). RAMIREZ

homered to right center, 2 RBI (0-1 F); DELAHOUSSAYE scored. PURCELL-FITU hit

by pitch (0-0). PURCELL-FITU stole second. VANCE-KELLUM infield fly to ss (3-2

BBBKK). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah Univ. 2nd - A. Daniels grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-2

BKBBK). W. Griffith struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS). N. Huntsman infield fly to

2b (1-2 KBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - DAVIS-ATAGI homered to center field, RBI (2-1

BFB). HUDSON grounded out to 2b (0-0). MESSERSCHMID lined out to 2b (2-1 BKB).

DELAHOUSSAYE struck out looking (3-2 BBKKBF). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Southern Utah Univ. 3rd - D. Fernandez singled to center field (2-1

BFB). D. Swopes pinch ran for D. Fernandez. A. Morbeck reached on an error by

p, advanced to second (1-0 B); D. Swopes advanced to third. S. De Jesus reached

on an error by 3b (0-1 K). J. Purcell reached on a fielder's choice (2-0 BB);

S. De Jesus advanced to second; A. Morbeck advanced to third; D. Swopes out at

home 3b to c. N. James hit by pitch (3-1 BBKB); J. Purcell advanced to second;

S. De Jesus advanced to third; A. Morbeck scored. B. Henderson struck out

swinging (1-2 KFBS). A. Daniels grounded out to 2b (1-1 KB). 1 run, 1 hit, 2

errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - D. Fernandez to 3b for D. Swopes. CLAYTON

walked (3-1 BBKBB). QUIOCHO flied out to 2b (0-0). RAMIREZ homered to right

center, 2 RBI (0-1 F); CLAYTON scored. PURCELL-FITU singled to shortstop (0-0).

PURCELL-FITU stole second. VANCE-KELLUM singled to center field, RBI (0-2 KK);

PURCELL-FITU scored. DUGAS pinch ran for VANCE-KELLUM. DAVIS-ATAGI homered to

left field, 2 RBI (0-0); DUGAS scored. HUDSON flied out to cf (0-1 K).

MESSERSCHMID singled (1-0 B). MESSERSCHMID stole second. DELAHOUSSAYE infield

fly to ss (1-1 BK). 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah Univ. 4th - VANCE-KELLUM to dh for DUGAS. DUGAS to rf for

DAVIS-ATAGI. W. Griffith grounded out to 2b (2-1 BKB). N. Huntsman walked (3-2

FBBFBB). D. Fernandez reached on a fielder's choice (2-0 BB); N. Huntsman out

at second ss unassisted. A. Morbeck singled to center field (0-0); D. Fernandez

advanced to second. S. De Jesus struck out swinging (1-2 KKBS). 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - CLAYTON walked (3-1 BBBKB). QUIOCHO singled to

first base (0-2 KF); CLAYTON advanced to second. K. Bendt to p for K. Brooks.

QUIOCHO advanced to second on a wild pitch; CLAYTON advanced to third on a wild

pitch. RAMIREZ singled to second base, RBI (2-2 BBFK); QUIOCHO advanced to

third; CLAYTON scored. PURCELL-FITU homered to left field, 3 RBI (1-2 KBF);

RAMIREZ scored; QUIOCHO scored. DUGAS pinch hit for VANCE-KELLUM. DAVIS-ATAGI

pinch hit for DUGAS. THOMAS pinch hit for MESSERSCHMID. DUGAS struck out

looking (3-2 BBKBKFFK). DUGAS to rf for VANCE-KELLUM. DAVIS-ATAGI to dh for

DUGAS. DAVIS-ATAGI walked. HUDSON struck out swinging (1-2 KKFFBS). THOMAS

pinch hit for MESSERSCHMID. THOMAS walked (3-0 BBBB); DAVIS-ATAGI advanced to

second. HOLT to 2b for DELAHOUSSAYE. HOLT pinch hit. THOMAS advanced to second

on a passed ball; DAVIS-ATAGI advanced to third on a passed ball. HOLT walked

(3-2 BKFBBB). PRICE pinch hit for CLAYTON. PRICE flied out to cf (3-2 BBKKBF).

4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Southern Utah Univ. 5th - DELAHOUSSAYE to ss for HOLT. CLAYTON to 2b for

PRICE. DUGAS to lf. DAVIS-ATAGI to cf. HUDSON to dh. THOMAS to rf. ZINANTI to p

for AFFLECK. J. Purcell grounded out to p (2-2 BFFB). N. James grounded out to

2b (0-0). K. Olinger to c for B. Henderson. K. Olinger walked (3-1 BKBBB). A.

Daniels fouled out to 1b (3-2 KBBKBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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